|Voice of Eye 2007 Tour Press Release.|
Voice of Eye has reunited after eight years for a 2007 European tour. Their performance
incorporates handmade instruments specifically designed and built for this tour: the
Jeemna-mini, Bass Thing-mini, Fucking Thing-mini and the original Squawk Box; in addition
to Guitar, Flute and Voice. All sound sources are acoustic in origin, then processed
through little black boxes to warp time and open the listener's perception. Voice of Eye's
sound shifts from gentle soundscapes to primal wrenching malevolence with such ease that
the listener is unaware of the transition until it is too late and they are fully immersed
A new two-part CD series is released for this tour. For "Emergence" and
"Immersion", Voice of Eye return to the authenticity of improvisation to capture
the immediacy and vitality of each moment. This exploration creates a dialogue of shifting
states. Because of their long silence and life journey, they
are now touching a creative depth they could not reach earlier. Emergence and Immersion
are a challenging migration between exquisite peace and dark mysterious depths.
Voice of Eye formed in 1991 out of the ashes of experimental bands Esoterica Landscapes 7
and Cruor. Through Voice of Eye, members Bonnie McNairn and Jim Wilson explored profound
aspects of consciousness. The music is shared as a tool for entering different states of
consciousness. In the beginning music was the only modality this expression assumed.
This process transformed in 1997 from the medium of music into building an off-the-grid
sustainable home and studio in the high desert of New Mexico. The process would take the
next ten years. The result is a complete sculptural free flowing work of art built
entirely by the hands of Jim and Bonnie. It is the largest work of art either have
achieved. Living in the open and empty spaces of the desert had the additional effect of
deeply connecting them to the truth of their being begun through music. The desert is the
fire that burns away everything. Both members are now focused on the healing arts.
Presently, Jim and Bonnie have returned to recording and performing music with a fresh
perspective. Their journey has transformed what was begun through music into a way of
You can hear selected tracks from the upcoming new Voice of Eye CD at:
Voice of Eye SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY:
2007 Improvisations Part 1: Emergence
Improvisations Part 2: Immersion
2000 The Nature of Sand with Life Garden and Illusion
of Safety, Manifold Records
1996 Live LASF, LP vinyl, Anomalous Records
Narratives; Music for Fiction with Robert
Rich and Paul Schutze, Manifold Records
1995 Transmigration, Cyclotron Industries
The Hungry Void: Air with Life Garden, Agni
1994 Vespers, Cyclotron Industries
Sproket, 7" vinyl, Drone Records
The Hungry Void: Fire with Life Garden, Agni
1992 Mariner Sonique, Cyclotron Industries
1990 Esoterica Landscapes 7: Hokmah Nistarah Lp
...was formed as a result off a series of leisurely improvisational Jam sessions between
two couples that each had their own seperate groups as duos at the time. Jim Wilson and
Bonnie McNairn were just beginning their band "Voice of Eye" while Ure Thrall
and Pamela Passmore were performing axts of sonic
terrorism around Houston as the power duo "TERMINUS".
This unpredictable and unprecedented collaboration brought forth into the world a breed of
sonic mysticism that was unrivaled in its intensity amd complexity. From the 1st
mesmerizing track of 1997's debut CD "Burning the Blue skies black", Asianova
grabs you by all 12 chakras to induce indescribable FEELINGS OF SANCTITY AND RITUALISM
WITH every single listen..
tHE NAME asIANOVA CAME DIRECTLY FROM OUR DESIRE TO TRANSLATE/MODULATE/EMULATE THE MOST
DEEP AND HAUNTING ASPECTS EMBODIED IN THE HALLOWED AND ANCIENT MUSIIICAL TRADIRIONS OF
EASTERN CULTURES BOTH NEAR AND FAR. WE REVEL IN tHE PLUCKING OF A YANQUIN'S STRING AS WE
LISTEN TO THE VIBRATIONS SERENADE THE GHOSTS OF ANCIENTS PAST.
Not unlike OUR ANCIENT SUN, MYSTICal MUSICS FROM THE LONG-FORGOTTEN PAST CONTINUE TO SHINE
DOWN upon us
THROUGH THE AGES. asIANOVA INTENDS TO CHANNEL THESE OCCIDENTAL HARMONIC rays of sunshine
MORE AKIN TO A sonic supernova . Imbuing the listener with an ALL-PERVASIVE DARKLIGHT THAT
IS LEFT SHINING
IN the MIND LONG AFTER THE MUSIC HAS ENDED,THis AWAKENINEG TO A STRANGE NEW COMBINATION OF
BEAUTY AND REGAL DARKNESS INDUCED VIA THIS DEVASTATING SONIC LIQUER left BREATHLESS, the
that THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE SUCH An intense listeni8ng EXPERIENCE........
aFTER RECORDING NEARLY 10 ALBUMS WORTH OF MATERIAL, (SEVERAL OF WHICH HAVE SEEN
RELEASE ON SUCH NOTABLE LABLES AS (eIBON, dRONE AND NOW wHITE rABBIT rECORDS), THE PROJECT
WAS SHELVED IN
1995 UNTIL THE GROUP COULD HOPEFULLY ONE DAY REUNITE TO CONTINUE THEIR PURSUITS IN sONIC
12 YEARS GONE AND AT LONG LAST asianova IS SLAYRD TO reunite (SANS mS. pASSMORE)
AT LAST FOR A TOUR OF eUROPE THIS sEPTEMBER FOR THE "pratsayana tour 2007" WITH
OUR COMPATRIOTS troum AND
the newly reformed voice of eye.
As a way of celebrating this very special occasion, white rabbit records is slated to
press a special deluxe edition of the 1st Asianova CD "Burning the Blue Skies
Black" complete with an extended remix of the single "Chaotic Vision". The
1st 100 copies sold on the tour will contain a special limited
edition CD-R EP conatining extra-spatial additional remixes of "Chaotic Vision we
couldn't fit on the main CD!
White Rabbit Records is also releasing "Nether-Nether Land", the SECOND VOLUME
of the Asianova's sprawling six volume series "Turning the Black Skies Blue
Again" as a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 1st volume in 2005 "Love Like
a Veiled Threat (EIBON Records)
Both new releases will be available exclusively and for the 1st time, on the 2007
Recordings for an entirely NEW cd to be titled "PRATSAYANA" are scheduled for
early September of 2007.
You can downloadand stream audio files from several different Asianova CDs at:
asIANOVA CURRENTLYA HAS THREE WEBPAGES:
.....HAS SPECIFIC BAND INFO, HISTORY AND EARLY REVIEWS
...HAS STREAMING ANDS DOWNLOADABLE MP3 FILES
...THE HOME LABEL FOR ASIANOVA -"dISKORPOREALITY RECORDINGS" HAS THE FULL BAND
DISKOGRAPHY AND A "LOOP
JUKEBOX WHERE YOU CAN IND SPECIALLY CHOSEN FROM EACH as cd ATTACHED TO EACH cd iCON THAT
YOU CAN PLAY AND EVEN MIX INTO YOUR OWN COMPOSITION. sITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION BUT IN
WORKING CONDION. mUCH MIRE TO COME!
ASIANOVA discography 2007:
1997 "bURNING THE bLUE skIES bLACK CD
- Diskorporeality recordings
2005 "Turning the Black Skies Blue Again" 6 CD Series
I. "Love Like a Veiled Threat"
CD released on Eibon / Radio tarab Records Summer
II "Nether-Nether Land"
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings
10" LP Substantia Innominata Records
2007 "bURNING THE bLUE sLIES bLACK
10th anniversary edition CD - White Rabbit Records
CD - White Rabbit Records
And the new CD release "Pratsayana" is in the works. Release date to be
announced at DISKOrp.COM
ASIANOVA CASSETTE RELEASES:
Discorporeality # 6: Asianova (self-titled)
Discorporeality # 12 The Sun is Burning
Discorporeality # 14 Fallingˇ.into the Sky
Discorporeality # 18 The Wonderful World of Silence
Discorporeality # 19 Love Like a Veiled Threat
NOCTURNE CASSETTE RELEASES (Jim Wilson, Bonnie McNairn, Ure Thrall):
Discorporeality #5 Shades of Night
Discorporeality #8 What Beauty Lies in the Shadow of your Eyes?
Discorporeality #15 Space Ragas
(NOTE: THe vast majority of the material documented on the ASIANOVA / Nocturne cassette
releases has been
re-edited and remastered (with additional flourishes) to create the 6 CD series
""Turning the Black Skies
Blue Again" released in 2005.
1997 "bURNING THE bLUE skIES bLACK"
'With the sunbear chased off by a moon dog that offers chaotic visions we have burnt the
sky till it is black, we had some dreams and felt like we were flying. But all that's
behind us as we realise we have only fallen from the light....'
['burning the blue skies black' review from Remote Induction]
'Dark and brooding, ambient textures, flowing extended drones, angelic background vocals,
and gently pulsing (chugging) percussion are the main elements that make up the sounds on
"Burning the Blue Skies Black." I find this release to be of excellent quality
and overall composition.' ['burning the blue skies black' review from Last Sigh Magazine]
'This release consists of great swelling, bloated atmospheres of massive drone proportions
slanted toward a tribal aura. Elements build, direction is focused, and the results are
stunning. When concentrating quite hard on detail one may detect tones of guitar and
resonance of female vocals, but
these are mostly disguised within the drawn-out drone process. Deep fog horn drone
atmospheres and disembodied voices make for a tense yet ambient listen of Lustmordian
quality. There is some involvement in this from Ure Thrall (also a member of the Smooth
Quality Excrement project) thus reference to the reviews of these other outputs in these
pages will reveal that there is a definitive high standard at work here and likewise very
['burning the blue skies black' review from Spectrum Magazine]
2005 'Love Like a Veiled Threat" from www.auralpressure.com
Asianova returns after their highly revered "Burning the Blue Skies Black" debut
with another sprawling monolithic epic of an album, sweeping through ethno infused ambient
fields and on to wide plains of bloated droning atmospheres. Simply put, the sheer scope
and depth displayed is quite staggering, where, flute/ wind instruments, tabla, percussion
and female vocals (utilised as an instrument), compliment the expansive tidal flows of
ambient treated guitar textures & synth lead drones. Pushing well beyond any mere dark
ambient tag, the entire atmosphere ascends into a spiralling core of spirituality - but
not the western world's concept of spirituality, rather that of the Asiatic world (as
reflected within the cover's imagery). The sheer breadth and textural scope of this CD
would seem to be the direct result of the musical contributions of 5 individuals, meaning
in the case of Asia Nova, 5 heads are certainly better then 1!
As massive and epic as this particular album is, it is actually the first instalment of a
6 album series under the umbrella title "Turning the black skies blue again",
which certainly begs the question of what musical heights might be scaled on subsequent
instalments? Yet before this is formally answered by
the group, this CD is absolutely fantastic place to begin.
The love is a threat?
Asianova is a product of the mind of Ure Thrall. A plan with on the shoulders one long
series of cassettes and years of sonorous experimentations on the dark Lydians of the
ambient. In spite of this curriculum, the CD produced from the united hands of the
Eibon/Radiotarab is the second of the Ure American
after the album "Burning The Blue Skies Black" for Influx Communications.
Taking advantage itself of a good dose of valid strumentisti, "Love Like to Veiled
Threat" leaves from atmospheres dark ambient, woven dark of an alarming music that it
finds solid seizes in sonoritā pungenti and material. "The Pounds of Love" is
eloquent, a fluctuating and mysterious base ambient as the optimal diagrams orient them,
scandite with force from one series of effects and percussions from the rituale cut. Music
becomes darker and incisive in a intricato and ossessivo instrumental vortex (These Black
Roses Bloom at Dawn) that it is transformed in a mesta and dense prayer than feelings
denied to you in the penetrating "Hears Red", the sounds and the guitars are
dilated with lascivia abandoning itself to the human heat. Are human voices those of
"Black is Blue-Tiful"? If yes, it is the voice of slow and painful one dead
women whom she accompanies of the twenty sonorous impetuous and blackest ones.
confuseed the dance minibadly supported from soft percussions orients them of
"Celestial Raga" and growing mysterious of "Tempus broken Fugitive"
from isolates percussivi booms does not leave memories to you celestial. With
"Flaming Hearts of Ice" one is opened long called suite ` Cold Stars',
inframmezzata from three traces, three stars that trasudano ice and ices. Already cited
ice heart it is entrusted to drones long and pregni folate scratching cold and they do not
lack disturbs to more that they will find wide sfoggio in the successive "Stellar
Lullabye", short sentori that lasceranno space to sad and restless melodie and that
subiranno an ulterior metamorphosis in favor of one dark ambient from minibadly the
The conclusive "Solar Flare Out" is opened nearly with
overbearingness, an outbreak of sounds that leaves to be transparent a light multicolor in
melodie generated from the cold light of an ice sun that is cracked under the suffocated
blows of the final percussions.
Like a tree from the log dark ambient. Snoda and one divides in more coppers, passing from
lugubri and discs of a valve carpets of drones escaping to feminine voices, leaving on its
long wake percussivi rituali messages with set, driven in fluid and effettate guitar and
levels synth. Interesting and
magical. - written by Aldo Vixen.
2006 "Magnamnemonicon" 10" FROM BRAINWASHED.COM:
Drone Records have always released high quality music with the greatest of care and
Knappe's new label, which focuses only on 10" releases, continues that tradition of
care and excellence. Asianova consists of Ure Thrall (from Voice of Eye) and Pamela
Passmore; this album also includes guest musicians
Paul Valsecchi and Marlon Porter. I was happy to see that this quartet got right to the
point on their sleeve. Without a doubt Asianova seeks to "create music about the
intangible" and to connect the external world with the internal world in a meaningful
way. This may seem like an ambitious project, but I've
always been of the opinion that music, especially drone and rather non-temporal or anti-
temporal music, is capable of exactly this.
The title might mean something like "book of ultra-memory" or "record of
high memory" and the washes of rattles, chimes, and low tones that flow out of the
speakers certainly sound ancient, informed by a universal memory of the cosmos and the
stars. The artwork includes celestial references, further
suggesting that the group is trying to bring the universe home to us, or perhaps us home
to the universe. Some songs, though they flow into each other on both sides, feature of a
heavy emphasis on percussion with synthetic waves groaning over heavily distorted and
washed out beats, all of them focused
almost entirely on the bass end of the spectrum. Vocals light up the music at various
points, though those points are thematically grim sounding and brief. Each side makes
sense as a whole, though they start in similar ways. The "Mnemo" side, however,
grows in stature much more quickly than the "Magna" side, sounding off with
insectoid horns and reversed vocals. The effect is haunting and relaxing simultaneously.
Asianova have a tendency to quickly bring new sounds and surprises into their music
quickly and without warning, keeping me from calling this album relaxing altogether. There
is a palatable tension in the air and the play of deep, low sounds and other effects keeps
the record moving at a pace that seems to stop time: the record is over before I know it.
The record has been spinning on the player for three straight rotations, now, and I'm
still picking up small nuances the group has buried in their music. There's plenty to hear
on this disc and furthermore the entire package is so well defined and so immaculately
thought out that I can't help but fall in
love with it. Perhaps this is music with a purpose, music not designed solely for
entertainment, but that doesn't confine it to purely academic or purely meditative music.
It's enjoyable on an aesthetic level, but the personal and spiritual material it brings to
the table is the main course that draws me
in the most. Written by Lucas Schleicher.
Some records are hard to put a finger on. Mostly, that can be quite disturbing, but with
"Magnamnemonicon", it's part of the concept. As a new volume in an ongoing
series on his newly formed Drone Records-sublabel "Substantia Innominata",
Stefan Knappe invited a string of select artists to set certain aspects of the
"Unknown" to music: The "Un-thinkable", the "Un-speakable",
the "Un-nameable" you, err, name it. The point behind the endeavour is
to delve into the world of ideas, uncover the source of the arts and ignite a debate about
the origin of creativity. Asianova have come pretty close on achieving these aims on this
That is, if you accept the inevitable constraint that, by definition, none of these goals
can ever be fully realised by the music itself. After all, trying to exemplifiy the
"Un-hearable" by sound will make Sisyphus' sentence seem like a holiday. But
this kind of criticism is clearly beside the point and lead by a
mistaken belief that the "dark continent surrounding us" is in fact made of the
same matter as that slab of earth you're standing on. And so, "Magnamnemonicon"
does not want to express what can not be expressed, but rather take that faintly burning
candle of conjecture down the road of intuition and turn it into a brightly blazing fire
of certainty. It does so by a process of gradual disposal: First, the structures within
the chaos are made visible on the A-side of this vinyl offering (thereby depleting our
supposed knowledge of the order of the world), then the second side, entitled
"Mnemo" (and referring to the associative actions of the cognitive apparatus)
prooves all rational terminologies null and void. Which means that you can put your
dictionary aside now and simply wait for the mystery unfold. The short title track and the
six-minute long "Black Ocean, Blue Midnight" still contain faint traces of
traditional Western compositions, harmonic shifts in slowmotion, deep and yearning echos
of melodies, like listening to the "Blade Runner" theme at the bottom of the
deep blue sea. Already in the first few minutes, waves of randomly patterned noises break
against the rocks of consciousness, caving in the solid stone and dissolving its substance
in the ocean's embrace. "March of the Anenome" is the old order rearing itself
up one last time, a clattering and dubby Indian excursion, with ominous strings roaring
underneath Pam Passmore's seductive vocals filled with a sense of premonition. It's all
downwards from then, even in the titles: "A sharp descent into sweet mania"'s
backward choirs lead into the "Deep canyons of the Arianas", a landscape of
murmuring voices and meandering noises, "doomed to a watery gravy".
If this voyage should seem frightening, it is because it is such a direct encounter with
something beyond our sensory system. Which is the same reason why it should seem so
powerful. Many of the usual Drone Records releases return to the same place, but the
extended playing time of these 10'' (almost thirty
minutes) take things just one step further. In the end, of course, it is still hard to put
a finger on why "Magnamnemonicon" is such an intense experience. But as we
mentioned earlier that's what it is all about. By Tobias Fischer.
Asianova is the American duo Ure Thrall and Pamela Passmore collaborating with Bonnie
McNairn and Jim Wilson from Voice of Eye. The unknown part of this release which was given
the name Magnamnemonicon is the unknown inner self. Because of this, the 10", which
is pink, red ant white marbled this time, has quite a strong emotional feel to it.
The 10" doesn't have 2 long tracks like the Daniel Menche or Noise-Maker's Fifes
release. Instead of that there are six shorter tracks evenly distrubuted over the two
sides. A good thing is that they still cover over 30 minutes of music (!!) which is quite
a lot for a 10" but - for the freaks amongst you: don't worry - it still sounds very
Musically this release hangs in between experimental drones and ethnical ambient. Haunting
soundeffects and eerie vocals carefully layered over a combination from drones,
soundscapes and ambience.
This 10" is one which will apeal to fans of female vocals who are looking for a more
ambient background, for example fans from ambient works from the Hybryds or maybe even
Yasnaia's solo-work on World Serpent. But also if your collection holds O Yuki Conjugate
or de 3" series by Amplexus this 10" is worth it. Grade: 7.8 Review by: Bauke.
ATTENTION! Asianova is looking to book more live performance dates for their 2007 European
"Pratsayana" tour with our illustrious partners VOICE OF EYE and TROUM We offer
a stunning performance at a flexible rate.Give your area a show they will talk about for
FOR THOSE WHO WANT MORE INFO:
WWW.DISKORP.COM and our old site www.radiantlabs.com/asianova
Contact ASIANOVA for booking/live performance information through
Ure Thrall - firstname.lastname@example.org